The Cochise County Attorney's Office:
- Prosecutes felony criminal cases in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona; misdemeanor criminal cases in the Cochise County Justice of the Peace Courts; and juvenile cases in the Juvenile Court
- Provides legal advice and representation to all Cochise County departments; the Cochise County Board of Supervisors and other county Special Districts
- Handles property forfeiture cases; provide victim services, and provide adoption assistance at no charge to adopting parents
The Cochise County Attorney's Office does not investigate crimes. All crimes must be investigated by the appropriate law enforcement agency before a complaint is issued by the County Attorney's Office. If you believe you have been the victim of a crime, please contact your municipal police department if the offense occurred within city limits, or the Cochise County Sheriff's Office if the offense occurred within the county, outside city limits.
The Civil Division of the County Attorney's Office represents the Board of Supervisors and the following County elected officials: Sheriff, Treasurer, School Superintendent, Recorder and Assessor, along with their departments and staff. The Civil Division also represents the County's Public Fiduciary, fifteen fire districts, several special districts and Cochise College.
The Civil Division's responsibilities include defending lawsuits against the County, prosecuting lawsuits on the County's behalf and advising the elected officials and staff.
The Civil Division also represents prospective adoptive parents who are seeking to adopt a minor child in an uncontested adoption proceeding. If you are interested in adopting, please review the Guide to Adoption Proceedings in the documents listed above, then contact our office and we would be happy to assist you.
Additionally, the Civil Division works closely with Arizona Complete Health, aiding with mental health involuntary commitments. For more information on mental health proceedings, please review the Guide to Court-Ordered Mental Health Proceedings located in the document area above.
Finally, the Civil Division is the County's coordinator for public record requests. To submit a public record request, go to the Public Records Inspection and Copy Request page and fill in the blanks on the page, confirm that you are not a robot, and click submit. Your request will be answered in the order in which it was received.
The Felony Criminal Law Division of the Cochise County Attorney's Office reviews all submitted felony investigations conducted in Cochise County; files felony complaints; submits felony cases to the Cochise County Grand Jury; and prosecutes indicted felony offenses in the Cochise County Superior Court.
The Criminal Law Division is broken down into the Drug Unit and the General Crimes Unit. The Drug Unit comprises three felony prosecutors, two legal secretaries and one filing clerk. The General Crimes Unit comprises five felony prosecutors, and two legal secretaries. The office also employs one administrative manager, one data coordinator, one intake clerk, and one receptionist.
The Criminal Law Division also prosecutes all petitions to revoke probation in those instances where previously adjudicated felons fail to comply with the terms and conditions of probation.
The Misdemeanor Division of the Cochise County Attorney's office is responsible for reviewing and prosecuting misdemeanor offenses in the county's six Justice Precincts (JPs).
- JP 1 - Bisbee
- JP 2 - Douglas
- JP 3 - Benson
- JP 4 - Willcox
- JP 5 - Sierra Vista
- JP 6 - Bowie